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Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (09/19/2003)
New York Times - A. O. Scott (09/12/2003)
USA Today - Claudia Puig (09/12/2003)
Los Angeles Times - Manohla Dargis (09/12/2003)
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (09/12/2003)
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (10/02/2003)
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Stephen Farber (11/01/2003)
Premiere - Premiere Staff (03/01/2004)
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- tigerbaby007112May 24, 2013by
Matchstick Men (DVD, 2004, Full Frame)
Meet Roy and Frank, a couple of professional small-time con artists. What Roy, a veteran of the grift, and Frank, his ambitious protege, are swindling these days are "water filtration systems," bargain-basement water filters bought by unsuspecting people who pay ten times their value in order to win bogus prizes like cars, jewelry and overseas vacations, which they never collect. These scams net the men a few hundred here, another thousand there, which eventually adds up to a lucrative partnership. Roy's private life, however, is not so successful. An obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe with no personal relationships to call his own, Roy is barely hanging on to his wits, and when his idiosyncrasies begin to threaten his criminal productivity he's forced to seek the help of a psychoanalyst just to keep him in working order. While Roy is looking for a quick fix, his therapy begets more than he bargained for: the revelation that he has a teenage daughter, a child whose existence he suspected but never dared confirm. What's more troubling, 14-year-old Angela wants to meet the father she never knew. At first, Angela's appearance disrupts her neurotic father's carefully ordered routine. Soon, however, with his own unique spin on parenthood, Roy begins to enjoy a relationship he never dreamed of having with his daughter. But while he develops paternal feelings for the 14-year-old, she's developing a fascination with Daddy's questionable career. This is the kind of movie that will have you putting pieces together, long after it ends. It is an intriguing and rewarding movie, and shouldn't be missed.Read full review
- great-deals-shi...Sep 10, 2006by
Matchstick Men..Con Air Star Cage Turns into a Con Man!
Matchstick Men is a great film which portrays Nicholas Cage as a Con Man. I really enjoyed this fim, having become a fan of Cage after viewing Con Air and Face-Off, I believe this film lacks the non-stop action of these, but is a very good film. Has a lot of twist and turns in the plot, and you may have to rewind certain parts to get the full impact. I feel this is a sleeper of a film that I would recomend viewing. Rate this one 4 STARS ****
- wjduenowOct 24, 2005by
Matchstick Men (2004, DVD)
You got conned.
Raise your hand if your a Nicholas Cage fan. I raised mine. Although, I don't always feel proud to. Remember "Captain Correlli's Mandolin?" Of course you don't. Nobody watched that drivel. But when I think of Cage, a few movies come to mind. "Valley Girls" was the first movie I saw Cage in - and if you haven't seen that little slice of heaven - go rent it (or put it in your Netflix Queue) right now. I remember some movie he was in where he thought he was a vampire and terrorized his secretary the entire film. It's too bad the film title escapes me now but I'll say this: Cage/vampire = genius! And of course, who could forget "Adaptation" - one of the best movies to come out in the last ten years?
And, while flawed, "Matchstick Men" doesn't disappoint if your a Cage fan.
Roy (Cage) is an obsessive compulsive con-man. And while he's not very good at anything else, he excels in the art of the con. Together with his apprentice/partner Frank (Sam Rockwell), he bilks a lot of people out of their hard earned cash by running a telemarketing "You-just-won-a-free-vacation" bait-and-switch scam. And aside from having to close and lock the door three times before leaving the house as well as making sure EVERY PARTICLE OF DUST is cleaned, life is in good order for Roy (only a little hollow).
That all changes when he finds out his regular psychiatrist has disappeared and he no longer has any medication. Upon seeing a new psychiatrist, Roy finds out that he has a daughter named Angela (Alison Lohman). Of course (hey, this is a movie) this leads to Roy and Angela meeting and spending time together. The more they get to know each other, the less Roy is dependant upon his meds and the more normal his life becomes. And when Frank suggests that they go for "that really big score," Roy goes for it.
While a lot of that must sound cliqued by Hollywood standards, it doesn't play that way. The performances are very strong, especially from Lohman and Cage, who have instant chemistry. The movie is directed by Ridley Scott, and he does a great job of keeping things low-key (in contrast to his larger, louder epics). The twist in the third act is shrouded so well, you never see it coming.
So where is the problem? Well, it really comes down to the ending. And without spoiling things for you - it's almost as if Scott channeled the spirit of Steven Spielberg as we have a great movie that should end 10 minutes before it does and a sugar-laced denoument that allows everyone redemption. And with that, it loses it's edge.
Still, the movie is very much worth a look - if not a buy if your a big Cage fan. The DVD boasts commentary from Scott, the writer, and the producer; some trailers; and "Tricks of the Trade" - a three-part day-to-day account of the filmmaking process. Not great, but not bad either.Read full review
- skarybarrySep 19, 2009by
Hits too close to home
I like this movie as it hit's close to home.
Everyone's a little neurotic but this takes it to the next step.
It’s the classic, who's scamming who flick.
Anytime a surprise ending (even if it's a little far fetched) catches me by surprise, tends to get my attention.
I was not a Nicholas Cage fan until I saw this movie.